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Let's see if I can post two diary entries in rapid succession...

sej, the official interface to all of the official Debian mailing lists is lists.debian.org, including its all-powerful search interface. I didn't even know that some of the lists were gatewayed to Usenet, but IMHO it's definitely best to go straight to the source.

4 Nov 2002 (updated 4 Nov 2002 at 07:16 UTC) »

Woo-hoo! I'm green already! I somehow thought it would take longer before I got any kind of certification; I guess it only takes one vote (thanks Denny!) to get me in.

Last night was interesting. I posted a wishlist bug against Mozilla, asking them to support urn:ietf:rfc:2648 URN syntax for RFC documents.

I also managed to find what's likely a bug in sIRC, the character-mode IRC client I use. It's supposed to send a quit message to the server when you /QUIT, but for some reason it doesn't work on irc.openprojects.net. sIRC does an exit(0) almost immediately after sending the command, so the complaint from the IRC server never gets seen. I'll probably dig out the IRC RFCs and see if there's anything that sIRC is being lax in, or conversely if irc.openprojects.net is being excessively strict.

I also managed to stay up until about 5 AM local time in the process of doing all that. I was still awake when Mom got up in the morning and sent me a few E-mails--that was a very good clue that I needed to pry myself away from the keyboard. (I did manage to arrive at the 11 AM service at church in a reasonably awake fashion.)

3 Nov 2002 (updated 3 Nov 2002 at 07:47 UTC) »

Hi again all. I used to be JB318 on here, but I lost my password. <wishlist>There should be some sort of Advogato password retrieval facility...</wishlist>

Hopefully I'll have lots of interesting diary entries to post. I'm going to shoot for one or two a week instead of trying to come up with something witty and relevant every single day like I was attempting before.

sarum: Hoping you read the diaries, since I can't post a reply to your article ATM. You mentioned the desire to have a network protocol for SQL. Check out RFC 2259--it's basically what you're after, I think. Not that anybody implements it, but if you're the enterprising type it's certainly a good starting point.

Speaking of masters and journeyers... I recently read an excellent book on the subject: Software Craftsmanship by Pete McBreen. Makes me wish I could strike out on my own, or at least get some more of the flavor of being a master craftsman while still working within the walls of Megacorp. This books caused a paradigm shift in my thinking even greater than reading up on Extreme Programming.

To update from my last entries as JB318 aka "when we last left our hero": The medium-sized corp outsourced their outsourcing, so now I work for a Megacorp. That was a year after I completed the Big Move(TM) to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. And I'm now happily using Debian woody after using potato and following woody as testing since shortly after I moved out here.

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